BMW Reveals It Is Already Working On Hybrid M Cars

BMW has admitted that it has started work developing M-branded hybrid models.

According to the vice president of BMW’s M division, Dirk Hacker, electrification is something the automaker can’t avoid, Autocar reports.

“We cannot avoid the need for electrification and it is true that we are working on hybrid power already. For now, all I will say is that we are working on a very precise technical solution, but there is no final decision on how to deploy the concept.”

Despite the work being done, Hacker expressed some reservations about electrification, namely the weight it would add and how this could affect the handling of an M product.

“Adding mass to performance cars is never ideal. But if we can use electrification to install more performance, then we start to have the answers. That might be more speed, or it might be the ability for a car to be driven on electric power in a city. It might also be the case that we need different answers to that question in different cities,” Hacker revealed.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about BMW M planning a future with electrification. In fact, company chief Frank Van Meel revealed earlier this year that all M vehicles will eventually become all-electric. In the meantime, hybridization will be adopted as an intermediary response to changing consumer sentiment and stringent fuel emission laws.

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  • chuck2

    They just lost their eye on the ball.. mass doesnt add performance to TURNING.. which had been the focus before.. they just changed one of the objectives of ///Ms. If they want to do that they should be expanding the product line.. like P is doing.

  • fabri99

    Could be interesting to have hybrid M cars, we’ll see.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    No surprise here.
    Because they said Hybrid technology is making cars overweighted so BMW M would not go for it.
    We all know that if a German company says “never” , be sure it is just matter of time.
    So i was expecting it much sooner than now.
    Whatever it is, i owned my V10 M5 for 3 years and i knew that i have one of the very last real M car.

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